Peter Green dead at 73 – Fleetwood Mac co-founder dies peacefully in his sleep

FLEETWOOD Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73.

His family said the music legend passed away peacefully in his sleep in a statement through solicitors.

The statement from Swan Turton solicitors said: "It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.

"A further statement will be provided in the coming days".

Peter was from Bethnal Green, East London and was a blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist.

He co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer on guitar in 1967 – and performed as a British blues band.

Peter famously wrote one of the band's biggest hits "Albatross".

The band's other early hits include "Oh Well" and Man of the World".

Peter left Fleetwood Mac after a final performance in 1970 as he struggled with mental health difficulties.

He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospitals undergoing electro-convulsive therapy during the mid-70s.

In 1974, Mick was introduced to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – who evolved the band's music to a more pop-rock sound.

Peter was among the eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Earlier this year, artists including Mick, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium during a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder Peter Green.

Novelist Linda Grant paid tribute to the Fleetwood Mac founder on Twitter writing: "I'm so sorry to learn of the death of Peter Green aged only 73.

"He had so much soul. I loved him".

In 2019, Rolling Stone ranked Peter at number 58 in its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in 2019.

Peter married Jane Samuels in January 1978 and they divorced in 1979.

They shared a daughter, Rosebud Samuels-Greenbaum, born 1978.

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